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Juliet Stevenson has just become my favorite audiobook narrator. Her voice is low, melodic, a treat to listen to even if she were reading a grocery list, and perfection for this type of story-telling. What I particularly loved about this reading was her treatment of the title character. Jane, if read with a lack of imagination, and even in some of the movie versions, comes off as timid and somewhat dull. Juliet Stevenson's rendition, however, manages to draw out all of the powerful feeling of the character's soul, and wonderfully captures the quiet mischief and playfulness of Jane's interactions with Mr. Rochester. This is a narrator who has clearly thought about the meaning and context of each character's words, rather than just the words themselves. She can do heart-wrenching without sounding irritatingly whiny. And - especially appreciated - her male characters do not sound awkward and forced, as happens with some female narrators! After listening to this version of Jane Eyre, I will be keeping an eye out for more Juliet Stevenson readings!
Yes. I enjoyed hearing the book read by a narrator who had a British accent. It added to the story for me.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
this is such a beautiful story, and the audiobook narration is very well done. a definite recommend!
I never thought I could make it through a Bronte book but this was an absolute delight to listen to. Highly recommend it!
I approached Jane Eyre as a sort of literary castor oil, something I knew I should read one of these days but didn't feel much enthusiasm for. I already knew the basic story, and I'm really not into wish-fulfillment women's fiction, even if it is classic Victorian literature. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it.
A modern editor would probably have cut much of the last third of the book, in which Jane flees from Thornfield Hall after learning Mr. Rochester's deep dark secret, and then spends many chapters with her new family, the Rivers, and not much happens except that a fortune falls into her lap, she has to entertain a marriage proposal, and then she goes off to find Rochester again and discovers him conveniently widowed and in need of an angelic woman to nurse him back to health. So they live happily ever after, the end.
Okay, there are some more details to the last part of the book that make it worth reading, like the studied contrast between the good and noble but cold and severe St. John Rivers and the hot-blooded romantic bad boy Edward Rochester. I did not like Rochester; he's not as horrible as Heathcliff, the romantic bad boy created by Charlotte's sister Emily in Wuthering Heights, but I think both Bronte sisters had some seriously warped ideas about what made a man desirable. Crazily, passionately in love with you and otherwise amoral and willing to destroy anyone and anything that gets between you? Yes, you can probably blame the Brontes in part for this trope that persists in romantic fantasies to this day. Jane Eyre is totally wish-fulfillment for women who want a Rochester or a Heathcliff to obsess over them. But it's a classic and well-written and while I wouldn't say Charlotte Bronte's understanding of human nature was particularly broad or even enlightened, she had a fine eye for the detailed personalities of her small cast of characters in the little world she created.
So, is Jane Eyre worth reading? Definitely.
I've wanted to read this one for a long time but never had. I'm so glad I listened to it instead. The narration was wonderful and brought Jane to life.
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Love this book. I'm new to the Bronte sisters and I am so grateful to have discovered their talents. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Truly excellent narrator who added a dimension of enjoyment; outstanding book--easy to see why required reading for decades with its depth and complexity-- well deserving of its classic designation.
Juliet Stevenson is fantastic. I have always liked her as an actress, but I am astounded by her skill as a reader. She moved me to tears a few times. I highly recommend this version.
While Stevenson did a great job throughout, I must say I was in awe of her reading of the passage about Helen Burns' demise. I cried and cried.
Who can choose? So many are great!
We listened in several sittings. My daughter and I don't simply listen; we read along.
I am eager to listen to more of Stevenson's reading of the great novels.
absolutely love listening this author. if this is your first experience try sense and Sensibility next
Defiantly a book that I feel is life changing. Loved it. Felt all all what the characters went through
"Review for JANE EYRE narrated by Juliet Stevenson"
This was excellently done. However, the Chapters were incomplete, ( only one - sixteen) although the entire text was delivered. This meant I could not easily re- listen to a particular passage I would like to have heard repeated.
"Classic for a reason"
Fantastic, such beautiful language. Loved every minute of it.
Got me through a very long journey.
"A Timeless Classic Narrated by An Excellent Reader"
Yes, it has an excellent plot told in the first person.
There is no other book which compares to it.
She was so natural and every character was excellently portrayed.
There is sadness and humour in the book.
This has to be the best romance I've ever read. I particularly like the wedding ceremony and I'll never forget the first time I heard a dramatised production of it on the radio. I was looking forward to two people being joined in matrimony and - well, you'll find out when you listen to the book.
Besides romance, however, there's mystery when Jane's at Thornfield Hall and I like the part when Jane's at Moor House and the struggle she eventually has whilst she's there.
I found the audio copy better than reading it, particularly as the girl Jane is teaching at Thornfield Hall is a French girl and if you're not a French speaking Person, as I'm not, reading the book can slow you down a bit.
Juliet Stevenson's performance cannot be praised highly enough. She brings the genius of this first-person narrative to life, and does full justice to the beautifully-drawn characters who propel and adorn this witty, observant, rationally romantic Bildungsroman. Sheer brilliance.
"Wonderful from start to finish"
Juliet Stevenson's narration added another dimension to this much-loved and well-known story. I loved it!
"A privilege to listen to."
I always read the actual book as I listen to the audiobook. Juliet Stevenson's reading has enriched and brought a new dimension to a novel I have read many times. Now I have reached the end I feel an emptiness that is aching to be filled and thanks to Audible I will rejoin Juliet this evening as we embark on Dombey and Son together. I cannot recommend Jane Eyre highly enough. The combined joy of Charlotte Bronte's script and Juliet Stevenson's performance is truly sublime.
this was my first audio book and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it - the speaker has much variety in her voice, which also aids the listener in understanding the story . Her different tones for the characters are lovely and make it even more recommendable.
"Perfection. A sublime reading."
Perfect. My favourite book brought vividly to life by a wonderful reading from Juliet Stevenson. Expressive, sympathetic, wonderful variation in mood and characterisation, especially the accents of some of the minor characters.
I immersed myself in this during three long car journeys, and was unconscious of the miles slipping by. An absolute triumph.
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